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Memphis Still Bitter About Calipari?


Maybe they just couldn’t find a picture.  Here’s one Memphis.  You can thank me later.

According to Dan Wolken (former Memphis Tigers beat writer) “word is that the new Penny Hardaway Athletic Hall of Fame, which opened today on Memphis’ campus, includes no photos of John Calipari.” Now, I can understand that there was some bitterness towards Cal after he left the program – there almost always will be when a coach takes a better job – but to not include him in the Hall of Fame would be petty.  Even Wolken, who has been hard on Cal since he left, believes the move to be a mistake if it proves to be true.

It would be one thing if Kentucky decided to eclipse the Billy Gillispie experiment and exclude that from a future Hall of Fame museum, that approach would have some merit.  But Calipari made Memphis relevant in the modern era. He was a Mario Chalmers three pointer away from a national title with the Tigers, went to three elite eights and transformed the program from a random C-USA program to the premiere one.  To not include that stretch in your history just because he took a job at the top basketball program in the nation would be a disservice to the university and their fans.  I understand it still hurts at night when you think about it Memphis, but act like an adult in the situation.  Unfriend him on facebook, start hitting the gym, try and pull a few top recruits to see if you’ve still got it and in a month or two you can  stop pretending like it didn’t happen.

Of course, this is all speculation, so there’s just as good a chance there is an entire room dedicated to John Calipari, but if that’s the case, it better be behind this door.


UPDATE: And literally two minutes before this post was scheduled to go up, the story is refuted.  Oh well.  Save this one for when we’re constructing the KSR Hall of Fame.


Article written by Will Lentz

14 Comments for Memphis Still Bitter About Calipari?

  1. Dane Brammage
    8:12 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    Woopty friggin doo. Non-phreakin’ story.

  2. Blue Virus
    8:14 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    Who gives an ish.

  3. jaybruce
    8:21 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    I agree, the continued hatred is absurd. I’ll be bashed for this, but its also very pertinent to pitino. 95% of UK fans hate his guts… and I find that quite silly… Read comments above and stick in a different nameand replace the part where he almost won a title, with winning a title. Just thought I’d point that out.

  4. The Door
    8:25 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink


  5. Your Mom
    8:40 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink


    As if they have a basketball history that doesn’t include John Calipari. Who fell for this???

    Remove him and you could fit their entire Hall of Fame in one of Elvis’s pill bottles.

  6. Holden McGroin
    9:41 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    just to see the comments.

  7. 7 And Counting
    9:54 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    And what door is that?

  8. msnthrop
    11:49 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    Uhhh…”He was a Mario Chalmers three pointer away from a national title with the Tigers”…and that achievement would have been vacated…just sayin.

    11:58 pm August 30, 2011 Permalink

    The Pitino comparison is valid in only one possible respect. Pitino left Kentucky for the Boston Celtics, ‘arguably’ a better job. Calipari left Memphis for the top job in college basketball. Most Kentucky fans that I know hated to see Pitino go, but were happy he brought the CATS a championship and consecutive title game appearances. They moved on. The reason for all the venom for Pitino is the fact that he returned to the state to coach a heated rival. Kentucky has only played Memphis once, Calipari was the coach, and there is certainly no rivalry there. I do understand some of the Memphis fans being upset at losing the number one recruiting class when Calipari left. However, don’t start with the ‘Calipari took them with him talk’. DeMarcus Cousins and Darnell Dodson were the only two who had committed to Memphis and the only reason for them was Coach Cal. Tough to take, but true. Memphis fans have always had a bloated opinion of the status of their program. I live in Memphis.

  10. Baby Fatt Jones
    1:05 am August 31, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe they didn’t include him because his final four was vacated? Maybe it was because he left their program as soon as the NCAA was coming down on Memphis for infractions involving Cal’s top recruit?

    Is it really that hard to figure it out, dude?

  11. Newtintheville
    8:37 am August 31, 2011 Permalink

    The dude can’t even spell John’s name right. After all these years. Really?

  12. Dax from Gilbertsville
    9:26 am August 31, 2011 Permalink

    I am in a fantasy football league with my former college roomate from Murray State. It is near Memphis. As the only Kentucky fan there, they totally berate me about Calipari every year. They are all Memphis fans. Their hatred is stunning.

  13. Yessir
    9:58 am August 31, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is hated because he went to Louisville not because be left KY

  14. TheFu
    9:26 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    This post is great, awesome blog!